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Helvetia & Bristol
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The historic Helvetia & Bristol enjoys a fabulously central location and offers sumptuous rooms, bags of atmosphere and top-notch service.
Opened in 1885, the hotel has been updated and modernised without sacrificing its grand, old-world feel (expect antiques, old master paintings and gorgeous fabrics), but it’s all been given a stylish modern take.
Celebrated Florentine restaurant Cibreo has several outlets in the hotel and there’s a lovely pavement café and bar for warm-weather lunches and aperitivi. A new, vast spa opened in spring 2022.
If shopping is your thing, it lies a two-minute sashay from the designer stores of Via Tornasbuoni, and top sights are all within a 10-minute walk.
Step out of the door and you are in the heart of old Florence, surrounded by tall, grand old buildings and frequented by elegant Florentine ‘signoras’ on shopping trips and business folk. This is an area of limited traffic access, so it’s not too noisy.
Pop around the corner to atmospheric old Procacci, a historic café famous for its tiny, delicate truffle sandwiches, best sampled with a glass of the house (Antinori) fizz.
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The astonishingly beautiful region of Tuscany has it all: art cities and ancient hill towns, high mountains and long sandy beaches, alongside luxurious hotels and some of Italy’s best food and wine.